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Facebook united

Facebook was a mess. The independence it dangled to close acquisition deals with Instagram and WhatsApp turned the company into a tangle of overlapping products. Every app had its own messaging and Stories options. Economies of scale were squandered. Top innovators led mature products already burst...

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Notepad gets a major upgrade, now does Unix line endings

Enlarge (credit: g4ll4is / Flickr) Notepad, the text editor that ships with Windows, is not a complicated application. For many, this is its major advantage—by having virtually no features, it cannot go wrong—but especially for software developers, it has often proven an annoyance. Th...

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Critical Windows bug fixed today is actively being exploited to hack users

Enlarge (credit: Lisa Brewster / Flickr) Microsoft on Tuesday patched two Windows vulnerabilities that attackers are actively exploiting in the wild to install malicious apps on the computers of unwitting users. The first vulnerability resides in the VBScript Engine included in all currently supp...

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Apple: All app updates must support the iPhone X and iOS 11 come July

Enlarge / This Apple-made graph illustrates the dimensions of the iPhone X display for app developers. (credit: Apple) Apple posted a note to developers this week saying that, soon, all new app updates in the iOS App Store must support both the iPhone X's display—that is, the notch and the...

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The Pinball Arcade is losing its classic tables; grab them while you can

Enlarge (credit: The Pinball Arcade) If you're a fan of the Bally/Williams' golden age of pinball machines, you might want to act fast to secure some great emulated facsimiles of some of the era's best tables. The Pinball Arcade has announced that the license holder for 61 Bally/Midway titles tha...

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Google’s ARCore 1.2 enables multiplayer AR across Android and iOS

Enlarge MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.—Google is launching a new version of its augmented reality platform for Android, ARCore 1.2. Version 1.2 adds support for wall detection, launching an AR experience via image recognition, a new "Sceneform" framework, and a "Cloud Anchors" feature that enables...

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NASA chief on Moon return: “This will not be Lucy and the football again”

Enlarge / Jim Bridenstine has been NASA's administrator for only two weeks, but he's making a mark already. (credit: NASA) In his first public speech as NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine had a short and clear message for the aerospace community: "We are going to the Moon." Bridenstine's address...

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Netflix may not be at Cannes but it could be about to buy its biggest movie

After a well-documented and controversial back and forth, Netflix decided that it would not be attending Cannes this year. But that doesn't mean the streaming giant hasn't got its buyers at the festival, and they're reportedly looking to snap up Everybody Knows, a Spanish-language drama starring Pen...

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Report urges caution on the benefits of blockchain

New research has pointed to the fact that very, very few companies have actually adopted blockchain technology – which underpins the likes of digital currencies such as Bitcoin – and that this caution is quite correct, given that the near-term benefits of the tech are seemingly overhyped...

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LG Pushing Google Assistant to Lineup of 2018 OLED and Super UHD TVs This Month

LG announced this week that it is bringing Google Assistant to its lineup of 2018 AI-enabled OLED and Super UHD televisions this month. With this feature enabled, LG TV owners will be able to access all of the same information and controls that you can on your smartphone’s Assistant, such as t...


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